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“The Artist – Jason King”
Jason King is a local indigenous artist, born in Murwillumbah, raised in Tumbulgum, and has lived in the Tweed Valley his whole life. He comes from a large culturally diverse family and has built strong local connections to family and the community.
Jason has shown a creative flair for over 20 years, firstly in high school where he excelled in visual arts, and later developing his use of acrylic paints in painting local landscapes.
In 2017, Jason travelled through Alice Springs, Uluru and Ubirr in the Kakadu National Park, and was inspired by the storytelling from the rock art throughout this region. Whilst there, he also developed an admiration of artworks by artists from the Utopia region of Northern Territory.
It was through this exploration that Jason found his passion for Aboriginal and Islander designs as he began to discover an internal connection with his family heritage – being fourth generation Aboriginal and third generation South Sea Islander on his mothers side, along with English background on his father’s side – and he now also integrates storytelling into his current day artworks, incorporating stories from his childhood in Tumbulgum through to more recent events in his life.
It is the appreciation of the storytelling that Jason hopes to resonate with those viewing his artworks.